Lightning Strikes Seen Across NYC, Creating Breathtaking Images

Lightning strikes were seen across NYC this week, creating some amazing images that were captured and shared across social media.

The storms blew through the Big Apple on Wednesday evening, lighting up the skies over Manhattan. A number of curious residents snapped pictures of the lightning strikes in NYC, including a breathtaking shot of a strike over Long Island City with the Manhattan skyline in the background.

The shot came from Instagram user dpenugonda, and was featured in a story by The Huffington Post:

Many others shared pictures of the lightning strikes on Twitter:

The storms blew through New York City and caused some damage. The weather caused a 25-foot section of concrete to fall on an underpass of the Brooklyn Bridge, injuring five people.

Just days before, a strong storm system moved through Upstate New York, leaving two people dead when a tree fell on their car. The powerful storms were part of a system that stretched across a wide swath of the country, causing flooding in Massachusetts and spawning tornadoes in Indiana.

More thunderstorms were expected on Thursday.

“A cold front will approach from the west tonight and slowly move across the area Friday morning. This front will interact with some tropical moisture streaming into the region from the south resulting in a line of showers and thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall tonight,” the National Weather Service said in a statement. “Showers and scattered thunderstorms will linger overnight behind the main line. A total of one to three inches of rainfall is expected with locally higher amounts.”

More pictures of the lightning strikes in NYC can be seen here.